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Download e-book for iPad: Against the Country: A Novel by Ben Metcalf

By Ben Metcalf

Against the Country is a present for fanatics of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off clergymen, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference while it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural certainly engenders solid, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.

In a voice either completely American and completely new, Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and scary trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. finally it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't really only the author’s atmosphere; it's a transforming into, throbbing risk that warps and scars each of his characters’ lives.

Equal elements fiery feedback and icy farce, Against the Country is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to just about our local soil, and the starkest occasion of the language our land produced. the result's a literary travel de strength that increases the query: was once there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so targeted, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered here?

Advance compliment for Against the Country

“Exceptional in its verbal brilliance and conscientiousness, opposed to the rustic comprises us in a family’s anguished and hilarious fight opposed to the unusual dooms that appear atypical to white rural the USA. this can be a savage and gladdening novel.”—Joseph O’Neill, writer of Netherland and The Dog

“This novel is a lightning strike. it's a surge of electric power captured within sentences. Ben Metcalf is a grasp of rhetoric and rage and persuasion and darkness and wit. opposed to the rustic is an explosion of a book.”—Heidi Julavits, writer of The Vanishers

“Ben Metcalf is an excellent author, and opposed to the rustic is an inventive and hilarious novel, a glittering, sour get together of ways the lousiness of existence might be redeemed within the fingers (and mouth) of a top-shelf teller of life’s stories.”—Sam Lipsyte, writer of The Ask and the joys Parts

“Against the rustic makes me consider pleased the way in which Candide, for all its astute gloominess, makes me consider higher concerning the international simply because this sort of really good, humorous factor has been made in it. The intelligence is beneficiant and omnipresent, and each unmarried web page made me laugh.”—Rivka Galchen, writer of Atmospheric Disturbances[]

“To locate whatever equivalent to this writing you’d have to return approximately a hundred and fifty years, notwithstanding it sounds new in Metcalf’s dealing with and infrequently even punk. What he has to assert approximately American formative years is horrifying and actual. Virginia, you've been either commemorated and shamed through your wayward son.”—John Jeremiah Sullivan, writer of Pulphead: Essays

“This publisher’s debut to overcome . . . acid insights, uncooked energy.”Library Journal

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Sade himself commended ‘Ernestine’, and remarked that no novel or short story depicted ‘the escalations and miseries of libertinage’ more effectively than ‘Eugénie de Franval’. There was also a strong case for including both ‘Faxelange’ and ‘Florville and Courval’, and for preferring the latter to its shorter doublet, ‘Dorgeville’. ‘The Comtesse de Sancerre’ is a more concentrated version of the theme which is treated at a more leisurely pace in ‘Lorenza and Antonio’. ‘Rodrigo’ is included as Sade’s only fullblown excursion into French gothic, and ‘Henrietta Stralson’ because it is Sade’s most Richardsonian tale.

His style is measured, and the sadism on offer is entirely psychological. There is no more physical violence than in the average adventure novel of the time, no overtly erotic acts, no hint of lewdness or bawdy humour. Instead of pictures of torture, he shows the psychological impact of sadism. He shows death, but not violent dying. He focuses on the reactions of Faxelange as she watches the prisoners being killed beneath her window, on Ernestine’s feelings as she sees Herman executed, on the despair of Henrietta Stralson who is confronted by Williams’s corpse.

Chronology xli  His unsavoury reputation makes him unwelcome at court and blocks his military career.   April: birth of a daughter, Madeleine-Laure (d. ); July– September: imprisoned for debt. Returns to La Coste with his wife and her sister, Anne-Prospère (–), whom he promptly seduces.   June: start of the ‘Marseilles Affair’. Sade, accompanied by his valet and the infatuated Anne-Prospère, flees to Italy;  September: Sade and his valet are sentenced to death in absentia as poisoners and sodomites, and their effigies are publicly burned at Aix;  December: arrested and jailed at Miolans in Piedmont.

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